Tuesday night at Toyota Center, the Rockets dug themselves into an early hole, and almost dug themselves out, but could get over the hump in a 113-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State led by 17 after the first quarter, and pushed the lead to 22 in the second, but the Rockets closed the first half on a 25-11 run to get within single digits at halftime. The Warriors scored the first five points after the break, but a 14-5 spurt brought the Rockets within four, and they got within a possession when James Harden drained all three free throws after Matt Barnes fouled him on a free throw attempt with 5:35 left in the quarter, but that was the closest the Rockets could get as the Warriors pushed the lead back to 11 by the end of the third quarter.
Houston never got closer to five points in dropping to 51-23 on the season. The win gives the Warriors 60 for the year, it’s their third straight 60-win season.
James Harden finished with his 20th triple-double of the season, giving the Rockets 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, but he shot just 5-of-20 from the field, 1-of-9 from behind the 3-point line. He did make all 13 attempts from the charity stripe.
Poor shooting was a theme for the Rockets. They made just 39 percent of their field goal attempts, and 16 percent (5-of-31) from downtown.
Clint Capela scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and Lou Williams chipped in 17.
The Warriors didn’t shoot much better from the 3-point line (27 percent), but they shot 51 percent overall.
Stephen Curry led all scorers with 32, while Klay Thompson scored 25, 20 came in the first half.